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A dark comedy about Colombians, Boy Scouts, and the birth of a hero.
Aviel Ballo
Santa Rosa, California
United States
2 Team Members

The Story

Hello, my name is Aviel Mann Ballo, and I'm a founding member of the Santa Rosa, California-based filmmaking collective Inverted Mongoose Industries (http://www.youtube.com/InvertedMongoose). We began making movies together while attending Santa Rosa High School, and haven't stopped since. Some of our pieces went on to win awards at numerous student film festivals. Now some of our members are attending college at UC Berkeley, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Cal Poly, and Reed College, and one is spending a year abroad in the Czech Republic.

Back in 2008, during our freshman year, we came up with this rather preposterous idea to write a black comedy in the style of the explotation films of the '60s and '70s about a Colombian drug cartel that slaughters an entire troop of Boy Scouts, leaving the lone survivor to embark upon a bloody quest for revenge. We laughed continuously throughout the writing of the script, jokingly entitled it Machinehouse Armageddon, then essentially did nothing with it.

Fast-forward to today: we've put four years of editorial work into the script, and we've finally found the time and the cast to actually make it. To get a feel for the style and the humor of the film, here's a preview of the script for your reading pleasure:

A short preview of the script involving a scene where the main character interrogates three greaers.

A short preview of the script involving a scene where the main character interrogates three greaers.

This film will be bigger than anything we've ever attempted before. Much bigger. Machinehouse Armageddon takes place accross a vast expanse of forests, plains, and cityscapes, and features a small army of extras. And we need your help to make it.

The Give & The Get

The money you donate will go to one of three places:
  • Props and Costumes (50%)
  • Special Effects Equipment (30%)
  • On-Set Sustenance for the Cast and Crew (20%)

In other words, the funds you so generously contribute will literally buy much of what you end up seeing on-screen, as well as keep the people on and off the screen fed and content.

Even a modest donation comes with a number of perks - things like DVDs and Blu-Rays, digital downloads, t-shirts, and even an on-set (possibly virtual) visit. A full list of perks can be found just to the right of the text you are currently reading.

If we don't reach our funding goal, it will be very difficult to continue with production. As college student-filmmakers, we simply don't have the money or resources to fund this kind of massive enterprise ourselves. We need your help to bring this twisted cinematic child into existence.

The Why

"Why?" you might ask, "should I fund a silly little film like this?" The answer is more complex than you might at first think. By helping us realize our vision here, you allow us to enter our film into festivals around the country and gain recognition. That in turn gets us exposure and provides more opportunities for us to make more inspired cinema in the future. Multiply that cycle by one hundred, and your contributions have single-handedly launched the film careers of the next generation of visionary directors, producers, and actors.
But the real reason you should donate is because we absolutely love our idea and we have a well-structured plan to execute it. We have the passion, the experience, and the track record to turn your contributions into a glorious work of art.

The Alternatives

Don't have the money to contribute but want to help? That's easy! Just share this page (http://igg.me/at/machinehousearmageddon) with friends and family and help us get our plea for fundraising salvation into the world. IndieGoGo has a number of easy-to-use sharing tools built right in to the site that allow you to share our campaign on your favorite social media platforms with ease.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can help us make this film!


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This campaign ended on June 1, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    The Cub Scout

    Your name as an official backer in the movie’s credits and the satisfaction of helping to realize our artistic vision.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $5USD
    The Scout

    All of the above, and a special advance screening of the complete film, streamed to your computer months before the public release.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $10USD
    The Tenderfoot

    All of the above, and a free digital download of Machinehouse Armageddon and exclusive special features upon completion.

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $25USD
    The Second-Class Scout

    All of the above, and a signed Blu-Ray/DVD copy of Machinehouse with special features and behind-the-scenes.

    7 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $50USD
    The First-Class Scout

    All of the above, a personalized message written on a free movie poster, and an exclusive Machinehouse pin.

    3 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    The Star Scout

    All of the above, and a one-of-a-kind, exclusive, signed Machinehouse t-shirt.

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $250USD
    The Life Scout

    All of the above, an Executive Producer credit at the end of the film, and a signed costume piece or prop actually used in the film.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $500USD
    The Eagle Scout

    All of the above, a small speaking role in the film, an on-set visit (in-person or via Skype) during the production of the film, a personal musical serenade utilizing the song your of choice performed by the director of the film, Avi Ballo, and a personalized video thank-you from the cast and crew of the film.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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